SEP 8 - 13, 2021
Wealth Management Connect launched
The Cross-boundary Wealth Management Connect in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA), which enables residents in the region to carry out cross-boundary investment in wealth management products distributed by banks in the GBA, has already launched. Speaking at the launch ceremony (Sep 10), Chief Executive Carrie Lam said the program is a milestone in the financial development of the GBA and underlines the unique advantages of Hong Kong's financial system under the “one country, two systems” principle. Financial Secretary Paul Chan said the program will attract more international financial institutions to have a foothold in Hong Kong to expand their Mainland businesses, which can further reinforce the city's role as an important gateway for capital flowing into and out of the Mainland, as well as its position as the global offshore renminbi business hub and an international asset management center.
Premier fashion spotlight CENTRESTAGE returns
Asia’s premier fashion event, CENTRESTAGE, returned to Hong Kong in a physical format (Sep 10 to 12). The three-day extravaganza featured more than 200 brands from 24 countries and regions and close to 30 fashion events, offering an ideal platform for fashion talents to showcase their creativity and connect with global buyers and fashionistas. Multiple brands and industry organizations from outside Hong Kong also sent local representatives to participate in the event. Speaking at the opening ceremony (Sep 10), Financial Secretary Paul Chan said Hong Kong is the only city in the world to offer a secure and dynamic environment for business, direct access to the Chinese economy and an exciting, cosmopolitan lifestyle, with fashion very much included.
M+ museum to open this November
M+, Asia’s first global museum of contemporary visual culture located in West Kowloon Cultural District, will open to the public on Nov 12, 2021. Around 1,500 works drawn from the M+ Collections will be presented in the 17,000 square-meter exhibition space across 33 galleries and other display spaces. The museum’s opening displays will include six thematic exhibitions, featuring visual artworks, moving image works, design objects, architectural projects and archival items from M+ Collections. In addition to the main exhibition galleries, M+ will present a series of commissions and displays throughout its public spaces. Designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the M+ building itself is an iconic landmark on Victoria Harbour waterfront that blends in with Hong Kong's urban landscape. Photo: Virgile Simon Bertrand, Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron
Hong Kong new film talents featured in Chicago
Movie fans in Chicago and the Midwest region of the US will have an opportunity to enjoy seven captivating Hong Kong movies during the upcoming season of Asian Pop-up Cinema running from Sep 15 to Oct 12. The Hong Kong Cinema Panorama series will feature a variety of works from a new generation of Hong Kong filmmakers. Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, New York, Candy Nip said the exhilarating program this season offers audience a taste of the different genres of Hong Kong cinema, and a glimpse of the strong creativity of the city’s new talents. Details of the full lineup and ticketing information are available here. Get your tickets now before it is too late!
New episodes for HK Phil’s online music series
Entering the fall season, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra has launched two new episodes to its “Meet Our Principals” online series that presents an extraordinary music journey with its seven Principals. In the latest performance videos, Principal Oboe Michael Wilson and pianist Rachel Cheung perform two beautiful pieces by the Schumanns: Drei Romanzen (“Three Romances”) and Adagio and Allegro. Principal Double Bass George Lomdaridze shares a piece of music very close to his heart, a work composed by his late father, Georgian composer Elizbar Lomdaridze. Enjoy!
Hong Kong teen wins US Open boys’ doubles title
Hong Kong teen Coleman Wong Chak-lam made history at the US Open in New York (Sep 11), becoming the first Hongkonger to claim a boys’ doubles grand slam title. The 17-year-old tennis star, with his playing partner Max Westphal, defeated eighth-seeded Viacheslav Bielinskyi from Ukraine and Bulgarian Petr Nesterov for the championship title. In a post-match video-clip, Wong thanked his family and fans in Hong Kong for their support and the Hong Kong Tennis Association for providing a coach who had been traveling with him to help him get back on track after a long layoff. Well done Coleman and Max! Photo credit: USTA
Hong Kong and its Basic Law
The Basic Law (BL) is the constitutional document of the HKSAR. Put into effect on July 1, 1997, it enshrines within a legal document the important concept of “One Country, Two Systems”.

Q: Do Hong Kong people enjoy a wide range of personal freedoms?
A: Chapter III of the Basic Law guarantees a wide range of rights and freedoms to be enjoyed by Hong Kong people. The provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and international labor conventions as applied to Hong Kong continue to remain in force. (BL Articles 27-39) The extensive rights and freedoms of Hong Kong people are borne out by, for instance, the fact that Hong Kong residents participate freely in processions and assemblies; newspapers regularly comment on or criticize government decisions and policies, and people express freely their opinion in Hong Kong's open society.

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